The Spectator

January 12, 2008

Features

Features

On to South Carolina: Hillary gets back on track

But it’s all still to play for, says James Forsyth. Senator Clinton’s astonishing comeback does not mean that Obama is finished by any means -— and John McCain has injected much-needed energy into the Republican primaries, too

Features

Putin’s Tories: welcome to the Vlad and Dave Show

Denis MacShane says that the Conservatives’ refusal to align themselves with other centre-right parties on the Council of Europe has driven them into a shabby alliance with Russia

Features

When elephants fight, the grass suffers

Aidan Hartley says that the violence in Kenya reflects the failure of the political class: better paid than their European counterparts in a nation where many live on 50p a day

Features

In less than a fortnight I turned down £2 million

Bryan Forbes is drawn into a cyberspace scam by an indignant ‘happily married’ woman who invites him to Madrid to arrange a princely payout

Features

Birth order means more than school or faith

To understand those in power, says Alice Thomson, ask whether they are older or younger siblings. Brown, a middle son, is far less easy-going than Cameron, a youngest son

The Week

Diary

Diary

Years ago my divorce liberated me from many things, not least of which was a wife’s burden of organising the traditional family Christmas.

Diary

Diary

Dianna Rigg on the joys of being out of work and why she is a fatist

Ancient and modern

Ancient & modern

One moment laws against ‘religious hatred’, the next against smoking in cars, now mobile phones. What next?

The Week

Global warning

The medical profession used often to be twitted with the mortality of its own members: for if doctors knew so much, how came it that they died like everyone else?

Letters

Letters

Spectator readers respond to recent articles

The Week

Change you can believe in

The Spectator reflects on the parallels between British and American politics.

Columnists

Any other business

Rock On

Martin Vander Weyer reflects on yesterday's extraordinary general meeting of Northern Rock shareholders and assesses what hopes the shareholders should place in their board.

Politics

British politicians should learn from the American primaries: authenticity wins votes

James Forsyth on the key quality which may determine the result of both the US Presidential election and the next general election

Any other business

The economy in 2008: chilly showers but no hailstorms

Allister Heath forecasts that Britain’s economy will suffer less than America’s, but that homeowners and consumers will still feel the pain — and blame it on Gordon Brown

The Spectator's Notes

The Spectator’s Notes

Charles Moore's reflections on the week

Hugo Rifkind

It occurs to me that, with all this stress, Gordon may be having the time of his life

The assumption, of course, is that Gordon Brown isn’t having much fun.

Columnists

What has sawing a lady in half to do with global warming?

At this time of year, exactly 70 years ago, I was taken to my first exhibition of professional conjuring.

Books

Books

Would they have ended up grumpy old men?

Allan Massie wonders what would have happened to those who died young in their old age

Books

By so many, to so few

Christopher Howse reviews a selection of books on the internet

Books

The king of peace

Philip Mansel reviews Lion of Jordan:  The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace by Avi Shlaim

Books

An abstract debate

Carole Angier reviews Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink

Books

Omissions and admissions

Philip Hensher reviews How to Talk about Books

Books

Correction

In last week’s issue the ISBN for A New Waste Land by Michael Horowitz was incorrect. The correct ISBN is…

Arts

Cinema, Dance, Opera

Clemency suggests

January may traditionally be the year’s grimmest month, characterised as it is by broken resolutions, misery-inducing detox diets and frightening…

Arts

Arts Extra: Going Nowhere

La Cenerentola, Royal Opera House; Cecilia Bartoli, Barbican

 

Arts

Fatty but fashionable

Richard Sennettt cuts to the bone

Arts

Addicted to dopamine

How do you stop people taking cocaine? Illegality keeps it at bay a bit. It stops it being quite so…

Arts

Regrets, I’ve had a few…

The Jaguars that got away

Arts

Rallying point

The Best of Top Gear (BBC2)

Arts

Mercantile madness

Bosphorus Battles (Radio Three), Desert Island Discs (Radio 4)

Arts

Bombs and butts

Charlie Wilson’s War

15, Nationwide

Arts

Next stop, Lear

Much Ado About Nothing

Olivier

The Masque of the Red Death

Battersea Arts Centre

The Winter’s Tale

Courtyard Theatre

Arts

Beguiled by a master

Hidden Burne-Jones

Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, London W14, until 27 January

Arts feature

Her dark materials

Mary Wakefield talks to Eileen Atkins about acting as an out-of-body experience. Eileen Atkins opens in The Sea at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 23 January.

Life

Low life

Friends reunited

Jeremy Clarke lives the low life

High life

Name fame

Taki lives the high life

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

Your etiquette questions answered

Mind your language

Mind your language

I was looking at bird-feeders reputed to resist the attentions of squirrels as a suitable present for my husband, who already often sits in his armchair nursing his whisky glass and staring out of the window, when I came across a sinister outrage on the English language.

Diversions

Chess

https://www.spectator.co.uk/chess/2007-07-28.pdf

Diversions

Bridge

https://www.spectator.co.uk/bridge/2007-07-28.pdf

Diversions

Crossword

https://www.spectator.co.uk/crossword/2007-07-28.pdf